The little Sig P232 in all its glory – in the red box – factory certified used – with all the usual suspects – and two mags . . .
Sig started this series with the P230 in 1977 – they released a re-design in 1996 – the P232 – The most obvious differences? The front sight is milled as part of the slide – no dovetail – and the slide serrations are fewer and deeper ( and they are great! ) -the magazines have a plastic base plate with a lip for your finger to hang on – changed from a flat stainless base – the changes in the design numbered like 60 – almost all of them were internal . . .
The only way to lock the slide back is with an empty magazine in the pistol and then remove the magazine and pull back on the slide to release – or put another loaded magazine in it – then pull back and release the slide and chamber a fresh round . . .
There is no external slide lock / slide release – there are only 3 external controls besides the trigger . . .
And the trigger on this particular one is sweet – Double Action is 5 1/2 to 6 lbs and smooooth – the single action has a wee bit of take up – you are lifting the firing pin block – and then a clean and distinct break – at just under 2 lbs – I’m talking LIGHT – REAL NICE Single Action trigger pull . . .
#1 -The take down lever . . .
#2 – The decocker . . .
#3 – The magazine release – “European” style – in the heel of the grip . . .
The “stock” grips – rebranded Hogue over molded rubber with good texturing – real nice upgrade from the hard plastic grips on the P230 and some P232’s . . .
Rather than pulling down the trigger guard to facilitate take down – Sig used a take down lever – rotate it down . . .
Pull the slide fully to the rear and lift it off the back and bring it forward – simple as can be . . .
Slide the spring off the barrel and your ready for bath time . . . ( you know I just couldn’t help myself – LMAO! )
A look under the hood – front of the slide is at the top – at about 1 1/2 inches from the very back of the slide you can see the firing pin block – and you don’t see any machining marks – Sig is GOOD STUFF . . .
A look at the feed ramp – virtually no wear on this pistol . . .
A look at the barrel and frame mating – the barrel is pressed in then pinned – it ain’t going anywhere . . .
Are you done with the Barbra Steisand yet Bruce? – How does it shoot??
Real well – thank you very much – the first target is not quite a magazine dump – about 2 rounds a second – bring it up – point – shoot . . .
This next target is one round per second – again – bring it up – point – shoot . . .
With the over molded grips on it – a nice natural pointer – And for a direct blow back pistol – it manages the recoil impulse very well . . .
This is the part where I tell you to rush right out and get yourself one – and if you can’t decide between two of them – buy them both.
Well that ain’t likely to happen here since Sig stopped production on the P232 in 2015 – you see them on Gun Broker every once in a while and they have become pricey – REAL PRICEY . . .
Part Two we are going to compare the P232 with some other options that are available – and when you realize you can get the same basic sized pistol in a 9mm or .45ACP ( God’s chosen caliber as handed down to St Browning – LOL! ) and the fact that there is really not an easy way to go to a larger caliber with a direct blow back pistol – then you begin to realize why Sig let this one go . . .
Have Fun! – Run the Gun! – and remember – Fish Heads are Cheap!!